Blue Bomber Report Record: 6–3–0

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Small, but nasty

IN a city that loves its underdogs, tiny receiver/returner Aaron Woods has all the makings of the next fan favourite on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Acquired by the Bombers this week, Woods, who is listed, generously perhaps, at just 5-6, spent most of his first practice auditioning his return game under the towering shadows of his teammates.

While he isn't tall, Woods has an exceptionally solid build -- he's cramming 185 pounds of what looks to be mostly muscle on his small frame.

And, oh yeah, there's something else too. "I always carry a little chip on my shoulder," laughed Woods, who comes to the Bombers from Portland State via the UFL, where he was the special teams player of the year in 2011.

"That chip on my shoulder probably makes me 6 feet."

 

Ready to bust out

BOMBERS receiver Chris Matthews -- the CFL's rookie of the year in 2012 -- has just four catches for 41 yards through two games this season, a performance Matthews and his coaches say is the result of all the focus he is getting from opposing defences.

Matthews says defences will soon learn that the Bombers aerial corps in 2013 is more than just one or two players.

"We have a very talented receiving corps and I'm excited for them to get out there and show what we got and show other people what they can do."

 

Turner player-of-week

TORONTO -- Hugh Charles is the CFL's offensive player of the week after helping the Edmonton Eskimos to their first win of the season.

Charles rushed for 119 yards on 11 carries, including an 70-yard run for a touchdown to help the Eskimos defeat the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 30-20 on Sunday.

Charles also caught three passes for 27 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown.

In other awards, Winnipeg lineman Bryant Turner is the defensive player of the week, Saskatchewan kick returner Jock Sanders takes top special teams honours, and B.C. running back Andrew Harris is the top Canadian.

Harris had 15 carries for 103 yards and scored a touchdown in the Lions' 24-16 win over Toronto on Thursday.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 10, 2013 C3

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